In Joanne Weiss’ recent essay we finally have a USDED official admit the truth about the federal role in foisting Common Core on to the states.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie (R-NJ) said the Race to the Top application was submitted to get funds to help state through difficult fiscal time.
GOP Senate Aides are working on a Education and Secondary Education Act reauthorization bill that would eliminate mandatory testing.
Personally I’m not a fan of huge spending bills of any type. That said, Valarie Strauss pointed out the silver lining for me, when she reported that Race to the Top lost all its funding in 2015. In fiscal year 2014, Race to the Top was given $250 million, according to this legislation summary, for […]
The Associated Press reports that six states: Georgia, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Vermont have won a combined $280 million in government grants in order to improve birth-to-five early learning programs. These states must show “a willingness to carry out comprehensive improvements to programs focused on children from birth to age 5.” Later today […]
Sixteen states plus the District of Columbia are racing for the trough once again. This time it’s for early childhood cash. The applicants are: Arizona, Arkansas, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Mississippi, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. This is the second round, the first round […]
The U.S. Department of Education received 371 applications from 1189 school districts all racing to the trough to receive a slice of the $383 million pot. Unlike last time the district-level Race to the Top required union officials to agree to the school district’s reform plan. Which pretty much guarantees it’ll be worthless. Jackie Zubrzycki […]
Over at EdWeek Michele McNeil wrote about five issues facing Education Secretary Arne Duncan going into a 2nd Obama term. I wanted to highlight three of them: First the strings that came along with the No Child Left Behind waivers… Waivers: His crew has approved No Child Left Behind flexibility applications for 34 states plus […]
Alyson Klein asks what would a second Obama term look like for education? Oh my… do we really have to go there? She points out what the Obama campaign said a campaign brochure that was released on Tuesday: Cutting tuition growth in half over the next ten years; recruiting and preparing at least 100,000 new […]
I had the opportunity to recently interview Congressman Tom Latham (R-IA) for Caffeinated Thoughts. He is running against Congressman Leonard Boswell (D-IA) in Iowa’s newly drawn 3rd Congressional District. We had a chance to discuss Federal involvement in education. “No Child Left Behind was an experiment with great intentions that hasn’t worked because of the […]